Monday, Dec 2, 2019 @ 7:00 AM

El Camino de Lavaca Pilgrimage

13099 FM 531

Hallettsville, TX 192 Miler

This Event Took Place Mon. Dec 2, 2019

Event Description

The El Camino de Lavaca Pilgrimage is an event which follows a circuitous route of 165 miles through the counties Fayette and Lavaca in the State of Texas.

The route is anchored around 20 historic Catholic churches. Additionally you will encounter numerous Protestant churches, historical markers, the eight principle towns of the two counties, small communities, and rural country schools. This route starts and ends at St. John The Baptist Catholic church in Koerth, TX. The route is made up of mostly paved county roads, but we do use FM (farm to market), state and US highways where appropriate. There are approximately 35 mile of gravel roads. This route is directly inspired by Brazil's Caminho da Fe and Spain's Camino de Santiago.

This event format is different than your typical ultramarathon. There will be no winners, only finishers. No split times, stage splits, etc.. will be kept. The pilgrimage starts on Monday March 28th at 0700 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Koerth, TX. There are 27 Passport book stops on the route. However we have modified the course to ensure reasonableness for walking so we will not go to every location. Each day we will pass by the stops which are primarily churches. You'll annotate your time and date and will receive a stamp in your passport book. Each day we will travel up to 25 miles until we arrive at the designated stop point for the day. Please note, this event will take 7 days to complete. At each new day, we will meet at 0700 to begin the next day's journey to the next location. This is a closed route, but you may travel as fast as you would like, or you may tarry here or there to take in the remoteness, the history, the Churches. Each day is your day to take what you need from the pilgrimage.

Although you may have a support crew person, we highly discourage a "Badwater" style crewing interpretation. If your crew wanted to meet you once or twice during the day, or even pick you up at night, that is your prerogative. The race organizers will not provide "aid stations". However, on certain days, we may put out water refill spots, if necessary. Each night there is a hotel in the stop town, so you'll need to make necessary reservations or find some someway to sleep if you desire. You may purchase foodstuffs as you go, but note that at least two of the days, there are no stores in which to purchase supplies.

For your entry fee we will provide you with the following: Water proof map, cloth map, Pilgrim's Letter, Pilgrim's cord, kml route file, El Camino Supporter Patch, El Camino pint glass, El Camino Buff, El Camino hat pin, El Camino hiking stick medallion, and an El Camino de Lavaca Passport book. Upon completion you will be awarded a finisher patch, certificate, and amulet style military coin as a memento of your journey.

List of Stop Towns:
Day 1 Ends in Hochiem, TX. - 25 Miles
Day 2 Ends in Moulton, TX. - 25 Miles
Day 3 Ends in Schulenburg, TX. - 25 Miles
Day 4 Ends in LaGrange, TX. - 25 Miles
Day 5 Ends in Schulenburg, TX. - 25 Miles
Day 6 Ends in Hallettsville, TX - 25 Miles
Day 7 Ends in Koerth, TX - 15 Miles

Accommodations

Below are the places we recommend and have stayed in the prior years. The night before the race, you can camp at the Lampley's house which is about 1 mile from the starting point. You can also camp there the last night, the night of the 8th if you desire. This is where you will leave your car for the duration of the event. The address is 11921 FM 531 Hallettsville, TX 77964. You'll want to make your reservations in Moulton early. It is a small town with only one hotel. If the oilfield is in full swing, there will not be any rooms.

DATE DAY PLACE PHONE
March 27 – 28 Sun - Mon - Camp At Lampley's 210-870-0542
March 28 - 29 Mon-Tues - Yoakum - Black Gold Inn 361-298-5322
March 29 - 30 Tues - Wed - Moulton - Moulton Inn and Suites 361-596-4200
March 30 - 31 Wed - Thu - Schulenburg - Best Western Plus 979-743-2030
March 31 - April 1 Thurs - Fri - La Grange - The Oak Motel 979-968-3133
April 1 - 2 Fri-Sat - Schulenburg - Best Western Plus 979-743-2030
April 2 - 3 Sat-Sun - Hallettsville - Hotel Texas 361-798-5900

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

Day 0: Packet Picket up. Sunday March 27, 2022

The address is 11921 FM 531 Hallettsville, TX 77964, arrive at 5PM or so. We’ll have tacos and you can pick up your swag. If you have a drop bag that you want ferried to the hotel each day, this is when you want to drop it off, or in the AM. Cars can be parked here. We’ll car pool to the church on Monday morning.

Day 1: 25 Miles – Monday March 28, 2022

Koerth to St. Ann’s in Hochiem. Arrive at Lampley's house by 0645. Water in Sweet Home mile 11, Yoakum Mile 19. Stores at Yoakum approx. 14:30. Will get shuttled back to Yoakum about 5PM. Dinner can be Pizza Hut or La Terraza Grill with minimal walking. Will stay at Black Gold Inn.

Day 2: 25 Miles – Tuesday March 29, 2022

Hocheim to Moulton. Get shuttle at 0630ish to Hocheim. Water and food in Shiner. Arrive approx. 11. Can do beer tasting at Shiner brewery, Lunch at Subway. Arrive Moulton approx. 5 PM. Dinner at Kloesel’s Steakhouse. Stay at Moulton Inn and Suites.

Day 3: 25 Miles – Wednesday March 30, 2022

Moulton to Schulenburg. There are no stores during the walk today but can get water in Praha. Bring your lunch. Stay at Best Western Plus. Dinner can be Oak Ridge Smokehouse or Lucy’s Mexican. Whataburger, Subway. Also big Pilot truck stop close. Stay at Best Western Plus.


Day 4: 25 Miles – Thursday March 31, 2022.

Schulenburg to La Grange. There are no stores today, but can get water at Hostyn church, so bring food from the Pilot truck stop. Good dinner at either Bistro 108 (fancy-ish) or Hank’s Express, Subway, or Las Fuentes. Stay at the Oak Motel.


Day 5: 25 Miles – Friday April 1, 2022.

La Grange to Schulenburg. No stores so bring food. Water in Ammannsville and Dubina. Dinner can be Oak Ridge Smokehouse or Lucy’s Mexican. Whataburger, Subway. Also big Pilot truck stop close. Stay at Best Western Plus.

Day 6: 25 Miles – Saturday April 2, 2022

Schulenburg to Hallettsville. No stores that will be open, so bring food. Water at Moravia Vineyards and Winery or Church in Moravia. Will try to see if the Vineyard can open one hour early so we can get a glass of wine, and some cheese and bread about mile 12. Also, Mr. Frietag may meet us at the cemetery about mile 20 and bring some snacks. Will stay at Hotel Texas. Dinner at Los Cabos Mexican Grill, or you can get pizza, or Diane’s Diner. Good beer selection at the convenience store across the street from the hotel.

Day 7: 15 Miles – Sunday April 3, 2022

Hallettsville to Koerth. Leaving from Hotel Texas. Easy day. We are skipping Ezzell and Hope. No stores, get some food. No water either. Should wrap up about noon. We will have BBQ brisket, sausage, German potatoes and green beans.



March 27 – 28 Sun - Mon - Camp At Lampley's 210-870-0542
March 28 - 29 Mon-Tues - Yoakum - Black Gold Inn 361-298-5322
March 29 - 30 Tues - Wed - Moulton - Moulton Inn and Suites 361-596-4200
March 30 - 31 Wed - Thu - Schulenburg - Best Western Plus 979-743-2030
March 31 - April 1 Thurs - Fri - La Grange - The Oak Motel 979-968-3133
April 1 - 2 Fri-Sat - Schulenburg - Best Western Plus 979-743-2030
April 2 - 3 Sat-Sun - Hallettsville - Hotel Texas 361-798-5900

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